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Many of the films are in English and all have English sub -titles. We are very fortunate to have gained the film festival  in our small town.  This is due to the proprietors advocating and also due to the standard of the two cinemas – comfort, excellent service and snacks bar and we have two cinemas and not one. The French Film Festival Aotearoa starts this Thursday – 24 films screening from Thursday, 30 May to Wednesday, 12 June at Mercury Twin Cinemas in Lee Street Whitianga. Excellent films – drama, adventure, comedy, true life  –  some have three showings but  a lot have only one. It...

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French Film festival in Whitianga 24 films

THE ANIMAL KINGDOM 128 mins Rated M (content that may disturb) Adventure. Wed 6 June Time: 5.45pm In the near future, a mysterious phenomenon strikes humanity and unexplained mutations in the near gradually transform parts of the population into human-animal hybrids. The creatures, considered a threat are sent to specialised centre in an attempt to stop their mutations from progressing and to control their apparent violent tendencies. A convoy bringing hybrids to a new facility crash in a forest, paranoia spreads in the local community. François and his 16-year-old son Emile embark on a desperate...

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French Film festival in Whitianga 24 films

ROSALIE 115 mins Rated M Biography Drama Historical. Sun 2 June Time: 4.15pm France, 1870s. Rosalie, is a young woman unlike any other. Born with a face and body covered in hair, a condition known as hirsutism, she has concealed her reality all her life, shaving to fit in. When Abel, (The Piano Teacher) an indebted bar owner, unaware of her secret, marries her for her dowry, the defiant young woman decides to learn how to embrace her unconventional appearance. Inspired by the experiences of actual historical figures, this passionate and empowering drama is a beautifully-crafted parable about...

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Te Tupua – The Goblin: A mesmerising performance at The Monkey House

With extraordinarily facile facial expression and near gymnastic body language, Mr. Davies creates a canvas for the tale told so ably on the intimate Monkey House stage that there is no need for a set or props. So fully does Davies inhabit each character that there is never any doubt as to who is speaking and who is listening! It was mesmerizing. Stories are how we understand our world, our culture, ourselves. Te Tupua – The Goblin is all the more powerful because it is a story about one of Davies’ own ancestors. The travails of the 10-year-old Scottish lad are drawn from history but are not...

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French Film festival in Whitianga

THE THREE MUSKETEERS D’ARTAGNAN 121 mins Rated M Adventure – 3 screenings: Thurs 30 May & Sat 1 June & Sat 8 June Time: 7.00pm THE THREE MUSKETEERS: MILADY 114 mins Rated M Action – This is the second part. Watch D’ARTAGNAN first ⎢ A DIFFICULT YEAR 120 mins. Rated M Comedy – 3 screenings: Thursday 30 May & Mon 3 June & Sat 8 June. Time: 11.00am A wildly entertaining new comedy starring two compulsive spenders who get much more than they bargained for when they try and scam their way out of trouble. A DIFFICULT YEAR delivers both laughs and pathos in spades, thanks to the...

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A drama for all ages including children

A Scottish lad of 10 is driven into slavery aboard His Majesty’s ships, circa 1800. After 15 years at sea, he is cast onto the shoreline of Aotearoa. The fight for survival begins. Te Tupua – The Goblin is  written and performed by  well-known author and celebrated performer, John Davies who celebrates 50 years as a theatre practitioner. John lives in Auckland. Early 19th century in Aotearoa was a dynamic time. Māori were becoming aware they were no longer alone, and that other races from the north were coming. Pākehā who lived here at that time forged an existence on Māori terms. The recorded...

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Some great movies and May the 4th (force) be with you

Friday 3 May – 7.00pm – ‘Back to Black’ collaboration with The Monkey House Just $20 ticket. After the screening of this Amy Winehouse biopic, your ticket also gets you entry to the show at the Monkey House afterwards. There will be local musos doing their interpretations of Amy’s songs. Saturday 4 May – Star Wars Day. We are showing the first three movies and we have prizes galore. We even have a clone trooper visiting us at 12.00pm before the first screening. Sunday 5 May – Six Inches of Soil. This is a documentary about organic farming and the importance of our soil. We are joined by Yotam...

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